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Oscillatory activity in the infant brain reflects object maintenance

By Jordy Kaufman, Gergely Csibra and Mark H. Johnson


The apparent failure of infants to understand "object permanence" by reaching for hidden objects is perhaps the most striking and debated phenomenon in cognitive development. Of particular interest is the extent to which infants perceive and remember objects in a similar way to that of adults. Here we report two findings that clarify infant object processing. The first is that 6-mo-old infants are sensitive to visual cues to occlusion, particularly gradual deletion. The second finding is that oscillatory electroencephalogram activity recorded over right temporal channels is involved in object maintenance. This effect occurs only after disappearance in a manner consistent with occlusion and the object's continued existence

Topics: psyc
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bbk.ac.uk.oai2:297

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